Tummy Tuck surgeries are now more common than ever before, but it is important to find out more about them before one considers the procedure.
How a tummy tuck works
The surgery, also known as an abdominoplasty, removes excess fat and skin. In a number of cases, it also restores weakened or separated muscles in order to create an abdominal profile that is a lot smoother and more firm, depending on what an individual desires. An abdominoplasty should be considered only if a flat, well-toned abdomen cannot be achieved through exercise and weight control alone. Speaking to a qualified surgeon is imperative.
Do you need one?
There are a number of reasons why individuals opt for tummy tuck surgery. Even individuals of otherwise normal body weight and proportion can develop a protruding, loose or sagging abdomen, caused by anything from aging and hereditary reasons, to pregnancy, prior surgery or significant fluctuations in weight. It is important to discuss the reasons for a tummy tuck with a qualified surgeon before thinking about the procedure, to evaluate whether your condition really warrants it.
What tummy tuck surgery cannot do
Individuals who opt for tummy tuck surgery should recognize that neither is the procedure a substitute for weight loss nor is it an appropriate exercise program. The results of tummy tuck surgery are technically permanent, but any positive outcome of the procedure can also be greatly diminished on account of any significant fluctuations in weight. Surgeons often advise the postponement of a tummy tuck to individuals intending to lose a lot of weight, or women considering future pregnancies. Another thing tummy tuck surgeries cannot do is correct stretch marks, even though they may be removed or improved if located around areas of excess skin that will be excised during the procedure.
Dr. O’Neill can help
Eric F. O’Neill MD is a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. For more information on tummy tuck surgeries or any other cosmetic procedures, treatments, and potential risks, contact Dr. O’Neill today.